Special Dahn Yoga Exercise Series for Better Health

Each month in 2011 Dahn Yoga and Health Centers, Inc. is introducing Dahn Yoga exercises and important health tips associated with the 12 Meridians of the human body. “Dahn” means “energy” and Dahn Yoga is designed to help balance the flow of “Ki” energy.

Online PR News – 28-January-2011 – – Each month in 2011 Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. is introducing Dahn Yoga exercises and important health tips associated with the 12 Meridians of the human body. “Dahn” means “energy” and many important Dahn Yoga benefits are associated with balancing the flow of energy (also known as “Ki”). Energy balance achieved in the body promotes overall health and well being. Dahn Yoga hopes that many people would benefit from a better understanding of the “Ki” energy system.

The energy aspect of the human body is made up of a system of meridians, or energy channels. This system has 12 major and eight minor meridians. The 12 major meridians are connected to each of the main internal organs and named accordingly. They are paired, running symmetrically throughout the physical body. Ki (energy) moves in and out of the body through 365 acupuncture or acupressure points located along the meridians.

The first Meridian in this series is the Lung Meridian. Internally, it runs from the center of the body, down through the large intestine, through the diaphragm into the lungs, through the neck to the collarbone area and down through the arms. Externally, it runs along the surface of the body from a point just below the collarbone and ends at the tip of the thumb.

According to Traditional Korean Medicine, blockages in the Lung Meridian can lead to fatigue and weakness, associated with the lack of flow of oxygen and energy. It can also result in dry mouth, difficulty breathing and has been associated with prolonged sadness. Several exercises, including deep abdominal breathing, stretching, shaking and tapping exercises can stimulate points along the Lung Meridian to improve energy circulation.

Dahn Yoga Exercises: One simple exercise involves holding the hands loosely above the shoulders and shaking the wrists for at least 30 seconds. Make sure to stand or sit comfortable and keep the elbows at 90 degree angles. This exercise targets the points of the Lung Meridian in the arms and hands and results in a greater sense of relaxation.

Another simple exercise involves using the palms or finger tips to lightly tap the upper chest, just below the collar bone. This will improve circulation, warm up the chest and relax the breathing. Be aware that for some people, this exercise may initially result in coughing.

More exercises like these can be found in several Dahn Yoga books, especially Meridian Exercise for Self-Healing.

Special Note: These exercises are not intended as a substitute for medical care. Dahn Yoga recommends that readers consult with their primary health care practitioner before attempting these exercises. For serious concerns or more in depth questions about the Lung Meridian, Dahn Yoga also recommends that readers consult a licensed acupuncturist or other Eastern Medicine practitioner.

About Dahn Yoga: Dahn Yoga is a dynamic mind-body practice originating in Korea. Dahn Yoga classes combine stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy to learn format. Dahn Yoga is often taught alongside Tai Chi, QiGong and Mediation classes.

In the United States, Dahn Yoga classes are offered at Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, Inc., a national leader in health and wellness. Dahn Yoga classes are also offered at franchise, affiliate and community-based locations. Dahn Yoga reviews can be found at Dahnyoga.com.